RPM is also a part of the solution to rising costs related to chronic disease management, as are pharmaceutical advancements and digital therapeutics.
Digital therapeutics have the potential to impact chronic disease care, specifically diabetes care, positively. For some, digital therapeutics could help eliminate the need for medications.
Digital therapeutics can empower people to manage their health while also creating an ongoing, direct connection with their care team, creating more continuity in care.
Backed by data from UnitedHealth Group® researchers, we’ve developed a digital therapeutic solution to help people with Type 2 diabetes to reduce spikes in blood sugar levels and even achieve remission.
Level2 is an example of the integration of human support with data-informed services and digital health technologies to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.
Level2 combines continuous glucose monitors (CGM), activity trackers, app-based alerts and one-on-one clinical coaching. It can help participants better recognize the connection between lifestyle choices, such as nutrition, exercise and sleep, and blood sugar levels.
Level2 uses an AI algorithm to alert care providers and enrollees to potential disease changes or complications.
The AI-derived insights can drive care recommendations at the micro level. For example, Level2 may prompt someone to take their medication at a different time of day based on specific blood glucose reading trends.
Through Level2, certain participants achieved a clinically meaningful reduction in their A1c within 90 days. People with the most significantly elevated A1c (above 8.0%) experienced the greatest reduction (more than 1.6 percentage point decrease on average).
A “continuous care” future
As an industry, our goal is to improve health. The possibilities unleashed by digital technologies are new ways of thinking, simplifying and improving experiences, and new inventions that increase mobility and convenience.
We need digital care, we need in-person care and we need connected devices to achieve this goal. It’s all about bringing this triangle together to achieve continuous care through connected health.
We’re talking about redesigning how, where and when care is delivered — and now we can achieve that in ways that meet newfound consumer experience expectations without sacrificing the delivery of high-quality value-based care.
Access at your fingertips through phones, tablets and other internet-connected devices, which have come about in the last decade, will continue to open opportunities to do things better.
However, this will require a multi-prong approach to garner permanent and full adoption among the health plans, government payers, clinicians and the consumer, while also requiring organizational infrastructure investments.